all photos in this post by Kat except the beautiful fall leaf colours was offered by Krysten. This post was written for Kat by Krysten.
Weddings are the perfect place for fanciful dress-up, parading around in your finest and, best of all: a chance to see what everyone else is wearing. This ogling of others attire is something I fondly refer to as “wardrobe scrutiny”. Rather than going down the path of criticism I love to scan for the wardrobe statements I admire most. It is like going on a visual treasure hunt and the reward is stunning fashion.
It was at the wedding of a cherished friend, that I saw a guest wearing a dress adorned with colorful and beautiful hand embroidered bugs. I stopped the woman and asked if I could take a picture of her dress. I could not pass up the opportunity to photograph them. Thankfully she agreed.
It is truly sad to know that long gone are the days where it was very common to see embroidery on clothing. It is always a pleasure to see someone who appreciates the craftsmanship and the love put into each stitch.
The wonderful thing about hand embroidered pieces is that no two are the exact same, each have their own personality. These little critters are no exception…
This little dragonfly is the perfect example of the time and consideration put into embroidery. The colors are bright and the details are exquisite.
This little bee was done perfectly, and with so much detail. The shading of his body is an added bonus which adds realism to the piece. This little guy’s personality definitely shines. The colors are more neutral, his colors may not be as bright as the dragonflies’, but that does not make him any less beautiful. He is quite a regal being.
This little guy may be small, but he is just as perfect as the others.
Here is the front of the dress just below the bust. Individually, these little bugs are immaculate, but together, they form a rich tapestry of fall colors and life. It was an honor be be granted permission to photograph this dress.
The embroidery is perfect for fall. The colors used definitely take into consideration the sights you might see while walking through the woods on a crisp fall day. With the leaves a vibrant red, green, golden and rich browns, mother nature is definitely an inspiration for these little works of art.
I found some more lovely embroidery being done today, courtesy of the internet. One may think that birds and insects are better suited to spring than to the upcoming fall season, but done correctly; using neutrals, earth tones and sharp black lines, you cannot go wrong incorporating them into your wardrobe, accessories and home.
A simplistic design, but beautiful. The use of black lines makes for a wonderfully delicate piece. The birds may be flying south for the winter, but this one will stay behind as a reminder of the beauty and life that can be.
The monarch design is more complex and elaborate. So perfect and realistically done, it is almost ready to pop off the material and fly away. A very true to life piece of work.
Happy Labour Day
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